Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)


Apurimac Spinetail (Synallaxis courseni)


French: Synallaxe de Coursen German: Langschwanz-Dickichtschlüpfer Spanish: Pijuí de Apurímac

Synallaxis courseni


, 1971,

Bosque Ampay (Abancay), 9000 feet [c. 2740 m], Apurímac, Peru


Closest to S. azarae, and may be conspecific; biogeography, habitat and voice strongly suggest it is a derivative of that species. See also S. albescens. Monotypic.


C Peruvian Andes in upper R Apurímac Valley (Apurímac).

Descriptive notes

17–18 cm; 15 g. Has dark grey forehead and face slightly tinged brownish, paler supercilium behind eye; hindcrown and hindneck dark rufous, back to uppertail-coverts... read more


Most frequent vocalization a sharp “ka-kwééék”, often repeated,... read more


Dense undergrowth at edge of semi-humid forest (Podocarpus hermsianus), second growth,... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods. Forages usually in pairs, in understorey. Gleans items from foliage and small branches in undergrowth, occasionally up to 3 m... read more


Virtually nothing known. Birds with large gonads in Dec; immatures seen in Mar.



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Peruvian High Andes EBA. Common to rare in appropriate habitat, but has tiny range of only 36 km². Total population... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Apurimac Spinetail (Synallaxis courseni). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 11 December 2019).